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Cornell's Restaurant

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39 N Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1138 (Union Street)
+1 518-370-3825
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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151 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Met family here in this traditional formal Italian restaurant on North Jay Street in the heart of Little Italy. Parking is in back plus some street parking. Don't pick a night Proctor's Theatre has a show; we did, and had a long wait for our food. Also, our friendly waiter explained the kitchen was missing two of its chefs. Having... More 

1 Thank Adirondacker1
Schenectady, New York
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73 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our second visit to this old favorite since June and first visit with Chef Pietracolo and new menu. My veal francaise was delicious and done to perfection My husband had veal raphael which he raved about. The homemade cavatelli did not disappoint--the sauce was perfect. Service was prompt and efficient. We visited with the owners and were happy... More 

1 Thank Sharon M
Hudson, New York
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87 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The menu looks like a typical menu for an Italian restaurant. But this is much more than a typical Italian restaurant, mainly because the preparation of the food is exceptional. A group of us arrived at Cornell's recently. We had four different dishes; and each one of thought our own individual dish was excellent. I had the chicken Romano, that... More 

1 Thank Beeper99_12
Saratoga Springs, New York
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161 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We all enjoyed our dinners very much. Great selection on the menu, great service and very attentive. If you are in Schenectady and want good Italian this is your place....

1 Thank Jim S
Bengaluru, India
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117 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Ambiance is decent enough to enjoy the authentic Italian food. Shrimp appetizer and main courses, which I tried were very very very good.

1 Thank ravi N
Management response:

We're pleased to hear you enjoyed our authentic Italian cuisine and that our shrimp dishes were that good. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you! More 

Albany, New York
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

A good Italian meal in the Capital District isn't hard to come by ... However the fantastic meal is subtlety elusive. Acting on a good recommendation, Cornell's was up for a try. The atmosphere was good, slightly busy, service was prompt. The homemade cavatelli with meatballs was outstanding! I highly recommend making the trip to the small street in Schenectady.

Thank Knight619
Management response:

Thank you very much for your kind words. I will pass on your compliments to our hardworking cooks and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Thank you! More 

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151 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Good basic menu in a comfortable,casual atmosphere. Veteran waitstaff provides excellent service. Nice bar area as well as good wine list. Parking on site is another plus.

1 Thank Robert B
Albany, New York
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387 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We were a group of 8 that arrived at opening. We had a reservation and were seated quickly. We all ordered salads and main dishes. The Caesar and Garden Salads were good. Half of our dishes came out lukewarm or cold. The side pastas were swimming in sauce. The main dishes were okay, nothing special. The ambience of the restaurant... More 

Thank Sheila L
Queensbury, New York
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

What a wonderful find. We went to the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park last week and ate at the Caterina de Medicci Italian restaurant and it was terrible. I promised my husband a better birthday present so I booked a reservation at Cornells after reading several reviews. We were going to see a show at Proctors at 7:30 and had... More 

1 Thank belizejo
Gulfport, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great chef. All orders are to perfection. Mainly Italian fare. Very personable wait staff. Great parking area

1 Thank RMS3000

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 N Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1138
    (Union Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Schenectady
  • Phone Number: +1 518-370-3825

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?